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Mark Catesby (1682-1749)

Sally lightfoot or rock crab and flame box crab c.1725

RCIN 925982

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Catesby’s treatment of the textures and colouring of the shells here is very detailed. Of the lower crab on this sheet, the flame box crab, he observed that ‘the whole shell is covered with innumerable little Tubercles, resembling Shagrine [shark skin]: the Colour of it is brown variously stained with purple’.